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21 June 2010
A student run enterprise which promotes the consumption of locally sourced, affordable fruit and vegetables has secured a prestigious national award.
Your Uni Fruit & Veg Co-op which supplies environmentally friendly food ingredients to the University staff and students has walked away with a Green Gown Award for 2010. The Awards are an annual event to recognise exceptional initiatives being undertaken by higher and further education institutions across the UK to become more sustainable.
The Co-op project was developed by the Cardiff Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group in response to work undertaken with a community fruit and vegetable cooperative in Riverside, Cardiff. The Co-op saves around 360 individuals £2.50 on the equivalent supermarket cost of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as the associated food miles and packaging. The Co-op has also become an example of best practice and even been incorporated as the core component in a documentary film made about the social enterprise opportunities available at Cardiff University.
Alastair Smith, a PhD student at the University’s Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society, and Project Co-ordinator for the Your Uni Fruit & Veg Co-op attended the ceremony. He said "I am thrilled to accept the award on behalf of Students in Free Enterprise Cardiff, and am pleased that we have achieved further recognition for all the hard work that everyone has put in to make this such a success!"
Commenting on the initiative, the judges of the Green Gown Awards said: "This is a strong student led initiative that encompasses a wide range of environmental and social responsibilities that has the ability to involve a large number of students."
The Co-op operates every Tuesday from the University’s Students’ Union and provides convenient access to purchase bags of fruit, vegetables, salad and stir fry ingredients that are both locally sourced and accessibly priced.
This year’s Green Gown Awards dinner took place at the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
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